TAMWORTH residents who are struggling to pay their energy bills and are having trouble staying warm in their homes are being encouraged to call the free HEAT number for help and advice.
The HEAT scheme (Home Energy Advice Tamworth), is run by Tamworth Borough Council in partnership with Marches Energy Agency and Beat the Cold. It offers free help and advice about staying warm.
HEAT advisers can help those whose health is at risk from the cold by searching for grant funding towards a range of measures including heating repairs, installation of new heating systems and home insulation. The scheme can also offer energy pricing checks and general wellbeing advice, while home visits are available for vulnerable households.
HEAT is supporting the campaign by National Energy Action to help people hit by fuel poverty. The definition of fuel poverty is being unable to afford to keep adequately warm at a reasonable cost – usually when the cost of keeping warm is more than 10% of income.
Figures from the Staffordshire Observatory show that 1 in 10 households in Tamworth – around 3,000 – are affected by fuel poverty.
Friday February 17 has been designated as National Fuel Poverty Awareness Day – and HEAT is now calling on all residents living in Tamworth who may be suffering from fuel poverty to call HEAT on 0800 043 2815 to see if there is help available to reduce fuel costs and improve energy efficiency. The line is open from 9am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.
Help available includes finding grant funding towards a range of measures including heating repairs, installation of new heating systems and home insulation. The scheme can also offer free home checks, energy pricing checks to help reduce bills and general wellbeing advice.
Cllr Stephen Doyle, Cabinet member for Communities & Wellbeing, said: “The health and wellbeing of our residents is one of our top priorities and fuel poverty has a serious effect on this.
“HEAT can provide help to those 3,000 households in Tamworth struggling to heat their homes, which will in turn help them to stay healthy. I would advise anyone who thinks they would benefit from this help and advice to call the free HEAT number on 0800 043 2815.”
More information on tackling fuel poverty is available from the National Energy Action website at www.nea.org.uk/advice/